Random 5 on Friday ~ December 20th

by Dawn Oaks on December 20, 2013 · 2 comments

Every now and then, I like to participate in Miranda Hupp’s Random 5 on Friday posts.  It allows me to share a bit of what is going on around the Double O without getting really deep and can have some fun with it.  So here it goes:

  1. Some of the most frustrating situations can create the best learning environments.  This week we had two families back out on purchasing pigs that were already taken in to be slaughtered.  Through this, our family has learned all about making sausage, rendering lard, and done lots of research on curing bacon and hams.  The sausage was the big undertaking.  We ended up with 142 pounds of nitrate-free, chemical-free, and pharmaceutical-free sausage.  When we asked around about interest in this type of  sausage we found that there is at least twice as much demand as what we had produced.
  2. During each Christmas season, I am blessed that God seems to really press a specific part of Christ’s birth into my mind.  This year, my brain and heart are really stuck on Emmanuel ~ God with us.  Just think on that.  It is really huge.  I won’t drag on right now. because I think this will end up getting it’s own post in the very near future.
  3. We always seem to want to believe the lie that grieving gets easier with time.  Honestly, it doesn’t.  With each passing year, I find my mind gravitating more and more to that last Christmas we got to spend with my mom before she went to be with the Lord.  How I wish we had just one more Christmas.  Bet she would love her grandchildren!!
  4. The taxi-service seesaw.  Yeah, you know what I mean.  I love that my kids have interests that they enjoy, activities that they excel at, and good health to participate.  But it sure is good during the holidays when some of that comes to a screeching halt and we can spend time at home as a family.  Better get on to number 5, I can hear Bing Crosby crooning away with “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…”
  5. I am working on a special project that will be coming to completion between now and the New Year.  It is a direction that I believe God is calling me to and something that will be a ministry into many lives.  Stay tuned for more on this exciting news.

If you would like to check out the lives of other homeschool families and the things going on in their homes in preparing for Christmas, visit Miranda Hupp from The Pebble Pond here.

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Sally Huber December 31, 2013 at 7:14 AM

You only got 142 pounds of processed meat from 2 pigs? Did you have any other cuts, roasts, hams or anything because you didn’t mention them.

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Dawn Oaks December 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Sally,
There were certainly some other cuts of meat. The sausage was just from the parts of the pigs that could normally go into sausage. We did have some roasts, baby back ribs, country ribs, the backstrap for rendering lard, and slabs of bacon that we will be curing when we have a minute to breath.
All in all there was definitely a good amount of meat considering that the hogs were pasture raised rather than feedlot.

Hope you have a Happy New Year!

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